"Near Proof for Near-Death?"
igoddard at erols.mom
Mon Dec 17 15:51:21 EST 2001
The researchers seem convinced that the findings prove
non-neurological experience, but I don't see how they
could prove that the experiences recalled post-death
recovery occurred during the period of zero neurological
activity. Assuming all experience is neurologically based
(which seems a reasonable assumption) the best explanation
may be: as the brain was in the process of shutting down
it produced unusual experiences. When I became adept in
achieving lucid dreaming after practicing meditations
said to facilitate such, I saw light the first times
I interfaced my conscious mind into the dreaming mind.
And after prolonged meditations I've seen white light.
So seeing light isn't evidence of non-neuro-experience.
Indeed, I'd interpret it as evidence of neuro-activity.
They say before a near-death event one may see one's life
history flash before the eyes. Surely that might include
seeing family members, including those that recently died.
So seeing dead relatives doesn't prove non-neuro-experience.
Since I have yet to review the full study, I should shut up.
I like the researcher's analogy of the "soul" as a TV program,
which is stated in the Washington Post report linked-to above.
However, I find this to be a plausible explanation for OBEs:
The Lancet, which published the study in question,
states at their wesite that the full study is free:
"Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac
arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands"
But it seems you still have to open a password account.
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